Using the Online
Catalog
No, you’re not shopping for books…
just finding where they are so you can get them for
FREE.
Bibl...
Getting started
o Go to biblical.on.worldcat.org.
o You have 3 ways to start the search:
1. Basic search (the large search...
Basic search
o The big search box runs a simple keyword search (like Google),
so it pulls up results with your search term...
Basic search
Too many results? Need to narrow things down a little? Click the
check boxes in the left sidebar to filter wh...
Basic search
o On the results page, 1)
click the title you’re
interested in to see more
info about it, or 2) click
the aut...
Item detail
1. Click on the relevant heading
to see more information about
the item, other available
versions, or what lib...
Item detail: online resources
An “Access online” button means the item can be read online. On-
campus, you should be taken...
Item detail: interlibrary loan (ILL)
o If the library doesn’t own or subscribe to the book or article you’re interested
in...
Advanced search
Advanced search allows you to:
1. search by more specific
combinations of words or
phrases (or specify thi...
Course reserves
o Using the “Course Reserves” search, you can see what items
are currently being held on reserve, listed b...
Course reserves
1. Click on the course title to see the items on reserve.
2. Inside the course list, click on the titles t...
Logging into the catalog
o In order to place a hold/recall, check due dates, or renew
your books, you’ll need to log in. T...
Your library account
o Once you’re logged in, select “My Account” from
the drop-down menu under your name.
o Inside your a...
Questions?
Please let us know if you’re still scratching your head about
something!
o Call: 215.368.5000 x123
o Email: lib...
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  1. 1. Using the Online Catalog No, you’re not shopping for books… just finding where they are so you can get them for FREE. Biblical Theological Seminary Library | 2016-2017
  2. 2. Getting started o Go to biblical.on.worldcat.org. o You have 3 ways to start the search: 1. Basic search (the large search box) 2. Advanced search 3. Course reserve materials 1 2 3
  3. 3. Basic search o The big search box runs a simple keyword search (like Google), so it pulls up results with your search term(s) anywhere: in titles, chapter headings, names, etc. o To narrow the results, use the filters in the sidebar.
  4. 4. Basic search Too many results? Need to narrow things down a little? Click the check boxes in the left sidebar to filter what shows up. Filter by: o Library (pick “Biblical Theological Seminary Library” to see only items we own) o TCLC includes books in the Tri-Sate College Library Cooperative o SEPTLA includes books in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association o Content (“Full Text” means you can read it online) o Format (book vs. eBook vs. article, etc.) o Databases (you can just ignore this one) o Author o Year o Language o Topic To see every option available for any one of these, click on the “See All” button underneath the relevant list. To open or close a filter, click the arrow at the top right of the box.
  5. 5. Basic search o On the results page, 1) click the title you’re interested in to see more info about it, or 2) click the author(s) to see other items by them. o Check underneath each item to see whether it’s available, and where to find it in the library. 1 2
  6. 6. Item detail 1. Click on the relevant heading to see more information about the item, other available versions, or what libraries own it. 2. Place a BTS item on hold, or 3. request it be recalled if it’s already been checked out. 4. Email or hyperlink the record. 5. Generate a citation for the item that you can export. 6. Save the record to a temporary list for future reference. (The list will only remain for the duration of your session.) 7. Close the item detail to return to the results list. 32 4 1 5 6 7
  7. 7. Item detail: online resources An “Access online” button means the item can be read online. On- campus, you should be taken directly to the book/article when you click “View eBook” or “View full text.” Off-campus will require signing in with your student number. If you encounter any difficulties, please let the library staff know at library@biblical.edu!
  8. 8. Item detail: interlibrary loan (ILL) o If the library doesn’t own or subscribe to the book or article you’re interested in, click the “Request Item” button. o Note: if BTS owns the book, you can’t request an ILL, even if the book is already checked out. Use the “Recall” option in that case. o A new window will open, where you’ll need to enter your name and contact information. o Please allow several days for articles to arrive, and a week or two for books.
  9. 9. Advanced search Advanced search allows you to: 1. search by more specific combinations of words or phrases (or specify things to be excluded); 2. preemptively narrow the results to certain years, languages, or item format, etc.; and 3. choose which databases to search. 1 2 3
  10. 10. Course reserves o Using the “Course Reserves” search, you can see what items are currently being held on reserve, listed by course, instructor, department, or course prefix. o To see courses that aren’t currently running, check “Include inactive courses” in the side box.
  11. 11. Course reserves 1. Click on the course title to see the items on reserve. 2. Inside the course list, click on the titles to see location and availability. 1 2
  12. 12. Logging into the catalog o In order to place a hold/recall, check due dates, or renew your books, you’ll need to log in. To do so, click the “Sign In ” link near the top right corner. o In the new screen, enter your BTS username (which is the same as your library barcode). o If you’ve never logged in before, you’ll need to click the “Set/reset password” link.
  13. 13. Your library account o Once you’re logged in, select “My Account” from the drop-down menu under your name. o Inside your account, you can renew items, cancel holds, or change your password. o Please note that you can’t renew items that have already been renewed once, or that have been placed on hold by someone else. o If you have many items checked out, you can sort them by due date, title, or author.
  14. 14. Questions? Please let us know if you’re still scratching your head about something! o Call: 215.368.5000 x123 o Email: library@biblical.edu

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